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This review is from: When God was a Rabbit (Paperback)
I began When God Was A Rabbit with much anticipation, as the reviews had all been highly positiv; commenting on it's beautiful story crafting and 'laugh out loud moments'. First of all, there was nothing remotely funny about this book. Where were these 'laugh out loud' moments? Most of the time my mouth was set in a grim, hard line; struggling with the effort to keep reading. When God Was A Rabbit is essentially about exploring the different types of love; revolving around the central character, Elly. The love manifests as the love between Elly and her brother and parents, Elly and her childhood friend, Jenny Penny, the love between Elly and her parent's lodgers and the exploration of sexuality, paticuarly between her brother and his first love. The story is split into two parts: Elly aged 4-12 and Elly in her 20's-30's, ending in 2001. It is narrated by Elly, but i couldn't see any change in her writing style - there seemed to be no change in maturity in her observations of life, with the imaginary happenings she had in her childhood still being written about in the second half of the book. This made some sections of the book confusing, and at times, unnecessary. Elly didn't show growth and as a result, she didn't grow on me as the protagonist; she seemed cold and colourless. Other happenings in the book seemed almost random, like the 9/11 incident and how this affects her family. This happened in the end of the book and it appeared to be shoved in there, for the sake of putting it in. It wasn't developed enough and was put in too late in the day. On the plus side, I can understand what the author is trying to do: she tries to show how Elly's childhood affected her adult life. The writing is good and some characters, such as Arthur, her parent's elderly lodger, are warm and funny and he was infinetly preferably to the dull Elly. In all honesty, I couldn't see what all the fuss was about with this book. It was slow, quite boring in parts and definitely not worth my time. Read something interesting instead.
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Initial post: 25 Jan 2012 15:06:52 GMT
Mot Juste says:
Try using paragraphs!
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